The African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) and the National Coordinating Agency for Population and Development (NCAPD) organised a first Population Footprints meeting on May 25th – 26th, 2011 at the Southern Sun Hotel in Nairobi.

The meeting was part of a larger international conference on Population Footprints taking place in the same dates in London. This Conference’s primary objective was to spur public discussion on Human Population and the Global Carrying Capacity, and it was organised by the UK-based UCL Institute for Global Health and the Leverhulme Trust.

Besides streaming live the 2-hour opening session of the London Conference to enable Nairobi participants follow and participate in the Conference, the Nairobi meeting deliberated on local issues pertaining to population growth and the environment.

The objective of the meeting was to promote public awareness and debate on population footprints and linkages between population growth, climate change and the environment in Kenya. The meeting provided a valuable platform for deliberating on public policy and program responses to the synergistic challenges associated with these issues.

The meeting was organised by AFIDEP and NCAPD (under Kenya’s Ministry of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030) in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, United Nations Population Fund, United Nations Environmental Program, AGES Group, Africa Youth Initiative on Climate Change-Kenya, and Kenya Young Greens.

AFIDEP is a non-profit policy think-tank whose main mandate is to facilitate the creation, translation and utilisation of research evidence to improve development policies and program effectiveness in Africa.

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